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Just yesterday I was thinking it has been a while since I've seen another coin-related Wikipedia featured article.

Then today's happened! A coin near and dear to Art's collection:

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roosevelt_dime

 

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Oh, I like that first sketch, with the hand holding the design elements! That would have made a lovely dime.

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Nice design!

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Oh, I like that first sketch, with the hand holding the design elements! That would have made a lovely dime.

 

Until there was a perfectly placed die crack - "Lady Liberty cracked her fingernail!"

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I do. A 1953 MS66fb. Beautiful colors and probably the most solid non-proof strike in my collection

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There's been a drought but... November 16, 2017 featured the Susan B. Anthony dollar! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susan_B._Anthony_dollar

I rather like the coin. It is the youngest "obsolete" issue I learned about when I started collecting in the mid-90s.

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A few days ago, the top article on Wikipedia was again coin-related. This time it featured the Illinois Centennial Half Dollar: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illinois_Centennial_half_dollar

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I must say it is a very handsome coin. Does anyone out there have one?

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Sunday, February 11, 2018 - Indian Head gold pieces

I've always been captivated by this series. I don't own a single Indian Head gold coin, but they are simply iconic to me. I truly don't have words to describe it.

 

Does anyone out there have one of these?

 

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Greetings!

This is a special entry. TWO days in a row, a coin was featured as Wikipedia's Featured Article!

April 30, 2018 - Louisiana Purchase Exposition Dollar

This one apparently had two obverses: 

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And here is the obverse:

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Does anyone have this lovely coin?

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And the day after, May 1, 2018, another coin was featured! This time it was the Standing Liberty Quarter. I'm sure most of the American coin collectors here have at least one of this iconic series.

Here's the scandalous first design:

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And here's the initial reverse:

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Here we go again!

July 2, 2018 - The Monroe Doctrine Centennial half dollar is Wikipedia's Featured Article of the Day. 

It looks like it's one of the many commemoratives that flooded the era. In my opinion, it's a forgettable design. They don't seem to be too hard to come by in decent condition either.

 

Does anyone have one?

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I started a collection of commemoratives several times but never followed through on it. Many are available in decent condition at a reasonable price and I do like the designs of most. Not sure why I never collected them. I have three or four different in my type sets. 

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When I have time to collect more deliberately (I feel like I've been saying this for a decade), I would like to make an attempt at them. Seems like a fascinating task.

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August 11, 2018 - James B. Longacre - Designer of many, many iconic U.S. coinage designs

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_B._Longacre

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An interesting man, for sure. 

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September 8, 2018 - the Vermont Sesquicentennial half dollar

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vermont_Sesquicentennial_half_dollar

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What a gorgeous coin. Look at that high relief! I even love the fields - reminds me of the fields of a buffalo nickel.

I doubt anyone here has this coin, but I sure want one after seeing it! Not sure I've ever seen it before.

 

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A late entry: October 11, 2018 - History of the British penny (1714-1901) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_British_penny_(1714–1901)

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The article covers a lot of unfamiliar ground to me, so I can't speak to it. But I've always loved these cartwheel designs!!

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I'm running a little behind on this. Here are two recent Featured Articles:

 

From December 4, 2018:

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 A set of silver coins of the Kingdom of Hawaii dated 1883, authorized to boost Hawaiian pride by giving the kingdom its own money. They were designed by Charles E. Barber, Chief Engraver of the United States Bureau of the Mint, and were struck at the San Francisco Mint. The issued coins are a dime (ten-cent piece), quarter dollar, half dollar, and dollar.

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Gorgeous coins. I don't have any. I am a big fan of Barber's designs though.

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Finally catching up with my favorite thread and WOW! Someone at Wikipedia sure loves their commemorative coins!

 

February 13, 2019 - Hawaii Sesquicentennial Half Dollar - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawaii_Sesquicentennial_half_dollar

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A famous commemorative coin. Only 10,000 were minted and few exist in high grades. Moreover, only 50 proofs were minted. The last one sold by Heritage was in 2004 for $25,000. Imagine what they'd go for today!

 

April 22, 2019 - Lynchburg Sesquicentennial Half Dollar - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lynchburg_Sesquicentennial_half_dollar

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John Lynch, the founder of Lynchburg, was supposed to be on the obverse but no portrait of him was known. So they depicted then Senator Carter Glass - only the third living person to be depicted on a U.S. coin. He also has the distinction of being the first person to have their signature on U.S. currency when he was Treasury Secretary.

 

May 9, 2019 - Maine Centennial Half Dollar - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maine_Centennial_half_dollar

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This coin is very hard to find in good condition because it wasn't distributed into the collecting community. Therefore, many of the folks who purchased it didn't handle it as well.

 

August 9, 2019 - Gadsden Purchase Half Dollar - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gadsden_Purchase_half_dollar

Interestingly, as I looked for a picture of this coin on the wikipedia page, I realized that the coin never existed! It was nominated but never approved by Congress. So fascinating that it still became a Featured Article. 

 

August 26, 2019 - Alabama Centennial Half Dollar - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alabama_Centennial_half_dollar

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The coin features Alabama's first and then-current governors making it the U.S. first coin to feature a living person. 

 

 

September 26, 2019 - Louisiana Purchase Sesquicentennial Half Dollar - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louisiana_Purchase_Sesquicentennial_half_dollar

Similar to the Gadsden Purchase half, I realized that the coin never existed! It was nominated but never approved by Congress. 

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I used to have quite a fascination with Commemoratives. Such beautiful coins and usually such a sordid history to go with it. Had several books about them. One that just had the coins and a brief about each one. Beautiful pictures. And another that was like the Commemorative Tell-all book. Such scandals. 

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Agreed -- these 'classic' commemoratives are among the reasons I'm not a huge fan of the modern ones (although I did buy the moon landing issue this year, because I'm a huge NASA nerd).  These are pocket sculpture, genuine artworks.  Most of the modern designs leave me flat.

 

What I've never been clear on is whether these coins actually circulated or not.  Anyone know?

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In general no. But the actual circumstances of things caused some to be placed into circulation by the banks/companies that ended up holding them after sales at the planned activities failed for whatever reason. I would imagine that the “circulation” was very limited. I have gotten Stone Mountain Commems that were obviously well circulated. 

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